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Photography Fri Jun 29 2012

Opening: Vivian Maier: Vintage Prints

Vivian Maier self-portrait
Untitled (Self-portrait), Vivian Maier
Gelatin silver print, no date
3 3/8" x 3 1/4"

Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1120 N. Ashland Ave., 3rd floor, opens an exhibition of more than 50 of Vivian Maier's original photographic prints from the collection of Ron Slattery tonight, June 29, from 5pm to 8pm.

Vivian Maier, as you may recall, was a North Shore nanny whose passion was street photography. Her brilliant artistry only came to light after her death, when large portions of her output was sold at auction and collectors of street and vernacular photography took notice. Slattery was one of the collectors who purchased prints at that auction in 2007, while others have exhibited their collections and produced books, he has kept his stash of photos a secret until now. The vintage prints in this show, all no larger than drug store snapshots, have never been exhibited to the public.

Interestingly, gallery co-founder Jim Dempsey knew Vivian Maier in real life. When he was manager of the old Film Center, she was a regular film-goer. Dempsey nicknamed her "Frau Blucher" for her heavy accent and idiosyncrasies, but over time became a friend.

Here are a few of the photos that appear in the exhibition, which will run through July 21.

Vivian Maier photo
Untitled (Woman in coat standing by lace curtains), Vivian Maier
Gelatin silver print, no date
3 1/2" x 2 1/2"

Vivian Maier photot
Untitled (Sunshine Biscuits), Vivian Maier
Gelatin silver print, no date
3" x 3"

Vivian Maier photot
Untitled (Bridge), Vivian Maier
Gelatin silver print, no date
5" x 3 3/4"

Vivian Maier photot
Untitled ('His Confession'), Vivian Maier
Gelatin silver print, no date
3 1/4" x 3 1/4"

Vivian Maier photot
Untitled (Woman laying on a blanket, in grass), Vivian Maier
Gelatin silver print, no date
3 1/4" x 3 1/4"

Vivian Maier photot
Untitled (Joe's Restaurant), Vivian Maier
Gelatin silver print, no date
2 3/4" x 2 3/4"

Vivian Maier photot
Untitled (Sleeping on a bench with an umbrella), Vivian Maier
Gelatin silver print, no date
5" x 4"

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